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How to rock your job interview

We all have been there. We probably will go there again. The well feared job interview.

Below, I am going to share my 7 (yes, seven!) foolproof tips for you on how to r o c k that job interview and actually get your dream position. Without futher do, let’s head into the magic.

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Prepare: how to get there, how long it takes you….

Nothing is worse than being late on the day of your interview. Which kind of a first impression is that going to leave? How would you feel, if you were waiting for a possible candidate and they would be soooo late. Right, you would think they are not reliable, responsible or well, punctual.

To avoid that, preparation is key. Depending on if I am going to take my car or the public transport I do the following steps.

  • Google how to get there and how long it would take me without any obstacles (for example: traffic jam or missing a bus/train)
  • Add another half an hour and take off at home even earlier. This half an hour works as a buffer in case something unexpected happens (for example you not finding the address right away)
  • Optional: if you have the time and freedom: Drive there beforehand just to see where it is. So on the day the interview takes place you already know exactly how to get there.

Show them: How they can benefit from you

Oh what a crucial step in rocking your interview. Make them see why they need YOU in their team. This is the time to show up and present yourself. See it as kind of marketing yourself to a new customer aka your future employer.

  • Why are you the right fit for their company?
  • How does your education contribute to your knowledge?
  • What practical experiences do you have that are helpful for the position?

Maybe you are applying for a job that is outside of your usual industry. Showing them why you are the most amazing fit for them is even more crucial here. Try to use your knowledge and experiences and transfer them to situations that could happen in your new industry.

Let me give you an example: Imagine I would like to apply for a PR job. Right now, I work in a hotel, which means I am really good at dealing with people, talking on the phone and I know what it means to work in a service-based industry. My experiences so far are probably going to help me in PR when dealing with clients, journalists, talking on the phone, presenting in front of a larger group of people or convincing people.

Once they see how much you can benefit to their company, they might not even care anymore about your “lack of experience” in that certain industry.

Gather all necessary information about your possible future employer

Wouldn’t you be impressed if someone who wants to work for you knows all the little details about your company and what it stands for? I would! It shows that you are not only interested in the offered position but also in the company itself. It is so important that an employee identifies with the vision and standards of a company, so that the applicant not only becomes a simple employee but also an ambassador of the brand that is the company (Want to know more about that topic? Who would be interested in a blogpost about human resource topics? Comment below!)

Gathering all necessary information also works in your favour when answering the questions from your interview partner. I am sure they will ask questions like:

  • Why are you a great fit for the company?
  • What made you apply for our company?
  • Why do you like our work?
  • How did you find us?

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have

Your clothes should at all times be

  • … neat and clean
  • … appropriate
  • … fitting your body type

Aside from that, my first advice is that you should be wearing something that suits the position that you are applying for. In the finance sector for example your look should probably be more strict and within a certain decent colour range. The dress code might be a little bit less strict when applying for a creative job.

Have a look at the company’s website and social media accounts where you can maybe have a look at pictures of employees or something similar so you can get a feeling what to wear.

Once you have found out what type of style is appropriate, find pieces out of that range that fit your personality and body type. This is important so you can feel confident and act convincing and authentic. Nobody wants to interview and hire someone who obviously doesn’t feel good and confident in their appearance.

Not only choose something that fits your body type but also fits your unique personality. I know clothes aren’t everything still they are a great way so show your personality.

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Be unapologetically yourself

This tip might be my favourite. Yes, it is. Through personal experiences I can tell you that the everyday life at work can be so hard and unfulfilling when you have to hide away who you really are. Don’t hide your beautiful and stunning self because that is who you are and that is who they will get. They will get you and your personality. So why hide away? Sooner or later, they will see the real you. Sooner or later, you will not be able to nor want to hide away what makes you you.

Use your uniqueness.

Show them.

If they love you = AMAZING. That is a company that you would want to work for.

If they don’t = SCREW THEM. Enough said.

Don’t be afraid to be totally honest + Ask ALL the questions

Are you currently working in a company and every day you discover something new? But, not in a good way. Suddenly all the negative sides of that company and its people seem to appear. The things you thought would for sure be fine. And you didn’t bother to ask or you were too shy. This is the biggest mistake you can make. Never ever just assume something. Of course, the company wants to present itself in the best way possible. If you don’t ask the uncomfortable questions, then they won’t tell you about it. A job interview is the best opportunity for you to get real and raw. Ask all the uncomfortable questions so you won’t have to face unpleasing surprises once you start working there. Make them show you who they really are and what they stand for. Is there anything that is important for you? Working hours, benefits, vacation days, vision of the company, your workspace… ASK THAT QUESTION!

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Secret project REVEALED !!!!

Long story short. The LifeByHer team was looking for contributing writers in different categories for their new media site … and I gave it a shot and applied for it. As you already know, I rather try something and fail, instead of having to regret not trying for the rest of my life. And now here we are. Can you believe it? I was chosen to be one of their new contributing writers! You will find my posts in the category ‘recipes’. Yeah, I know. Who would have ever thought that I’d become a part of such an amazing project ?! And more importantly of such an amazing community. LifeByHer girls, if you are reading this, leave me a comment down below.

What is LifeByHer.co?

LifebyHer is two things:

  • a digital magazine sent to you every month. There you’ll find inspiration for everything a GirlBoss needs inspiration for … including fashion, fitness & health, hair care & styles, interior … and a little bit of everything. Just have a look here.
  • a brand new media site that you will be obsessed of! It is a source of inspiration that you have been dreaming off. That is where you’ll find my posts as well once it is up and running.

… and even more. It is a community, a friendship and a lifestyle.

Ashley Brooke LifeByHer Boss

The main mastermind behind all of this is Ashley. Just have a look at her YouTube Channel and her Instagram and you’ll fall in love with her immediately. With more than 83 000 followers on Instagram and more than 287 000 followers on YouTube she inspires a lot of people around the world. Together with the LifeByHer Team,  she creates all the content for LifeByHer and her YouTube Videos. The real BossBabe she is, Ashley also runs the blog stylelogix.com. What an inspiration!

I have the honour to call myself a member of the LifeByHer team since December 2017, when I got the confirmation that I was chosen out of many other applicants (still feels sooooo unreal to say this!).

Now that the secret is finally out, did you see it coming? What did you think my secret was? Let me know in the comments below.

That is exactly what I have been talking about in past blogposts (here, here and here), when I was talking about going after your dreams and rather trying things out, instead of always holding back and wondering ‘what if’. What if you fail? Yep, that is a possibility. But what if you succeed, darling? What if all of your plans and dreams become your reality? The possibility to have all of this come true is so damn worth the try!Dream big who said you can't have it all quote GirlBossHeaven

I am so proud of myself to give all of this a shot and I still can’t believe that it actually worked out. YAY! I’d love to see you check out LifeByHer.co once the site is up and running! I’ll keep you updated and let your know when it goes live!

Lots of Love,
from a really happy Franziska

 

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2018 – Let’s do this

Recently I uploaded my monthly recap of December. Two days later, I am already working on a new blogpost. Who am I?
Let’s talk about goals for 2018. There are different types of goals. All of them can be roughly characterized as tangible or intangible. Which ones to go for is of course totally up to you. Personally, I always try to go with the intangible ones. Things that make my soul happy in the long term and not only for a few days. I don’t want to lie to you by saying that I do not have tangible things I look forward to (hello new phone) but those are not things I put on my ‘Goals for 2018’ list. They are not something I strive and breathe for. They do not make me a better person. Even more important is that they do not define me as a person. But those intangible ones do.

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What are those intangible ones I am talking about? Here are a few of my goals for 2018. By goals I actually mean plans … a goal without a plan is getting you nowhere.

  • Listen to my body. Treating and feeding it the way it needs to be treated and fed. I used to believe that I just have to live with the way my body looks or reacts to certain things. Yes, most of the time, I have to accept that. Yes, I’m fine with that. Yes, I learned to love and accept my body … But there are still a few things that I can influence to make me feel more confident with my body. Currently I am still researching a lot about this topic. What are your health hacks for 2018?
  • Less overthinking and stressing. I could literally write a whole book about that topic. Every day I tell myself to relax and not let everything get to me. I fail. Pretty much 90% of the time. Often I let small, unimportant situations make me upset. I don’t like me that way. So I’ll work on this issue. Step by step. This going to be a challenge. I remember that someone wrote about me in our high school yearbook that one day I’ll die of my ‘self-made’ stress. Hahah. Do see the challenge behind this now?
  • Be even more confident. Last year, there were encounters with people, who totally got the wrong impression of me because somehow I still was not confident enough to be myself. Which is somehow also funny at the same time because I am actually really confident. Just not around certain people.
  • Just let it be and stop chasing people. Another one of my specialities I talked about in this blogpost once. I used to believe that it is normal to run after people to make them see how much they actually like me. Yep. That’s what I used to believe. Embarrassing right?

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My list of plans for 2018 should not get to long, especially because those plans mentioned above are big ones. They cannot be realised within a few days. I am curious now: tell me about your plans for 2018! Do you have similar ones? Are you going more for the intangible or tangible ones?

 

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Winter wonderland

New beginnings + Update secret project

I tried to take pictures that would match the topic, but sadly I didn’t have enough inspiration to get more than a few shots of the (now gone) snowy landscape in my area. Anyways, this topic is something I cannot stress enough and that I am passionate about. Let’s start….

Winter wonderland dreams

Buying a new planner, writing down goals for the next year, booking a holiday … You are getting excited for the upcoming year and new chances to make 2018 the best year of your life yet. I get it, there is something so magical about the new year.  You feel like you can close the last chapter of the year 2017 for good and start fresh and with a clean slate. All those projects that you wanted to start in 2017 but didn’t, now you feel like you have the opportunity and willpower to give it another shot. That is great! I hope you succeed in whatever project your have set your focus on. Let me ask you one question though.

Why do you wait until the next year to start your project and fulfil your dreams?

Unless you can literally only start your project next year (new job, new apartment, moving to a new city…) there is no reason to wait for the clock on New Year’s Eve to turn to midnight to get started.
I believe that we let so many opportunities pass us by just becausewe didn’t have the courage to get started right away. Something is holding us back or scaring us so much that we just put it off until the next year.

Let me ask you another question.

How can you put off your dreams, goals and projects? How can you put them on the waitlist?
If they are dear to your heart then you just don’t put them off so easily. So why do you still do it?

Remember my blogpost when I talked about a super cliché quote? Read more here. I know the following is not a real quote, but I’ll put it here anyway.  Sounds super cliché too?

Quote dreams

Take a quite moment and read it. Think about it.

Waiting for Friday to enjoy the week?
Waiting for summer to finally start working out?
Waiting all life for the right moment to actually live?

Your answer to all of these questions is no? Then why do you wait for the new year to fulfil your dreams?

Ok, I think you get what I want to say here. Now do yourself and me a favour and start.right.now!
Last year around this time, I made myself the promise not to wait for some magical day, event … to just do it. Just do the things I want to do. Just to do the things I was scared to do before. Just do those things and not let anything or anyone hold me back. And guess what? This promise made 2017 a really amazing year, which makes me excited for more!
Follow me and do the same! Make 2018 your best year yet! … and start today, on the 23rd of December 2017.

Tell me about your dreams and goals in the comments below.

Winter wonderland dreams

I hope that I can post one more blogpost before the new year. I am back at work since Friday and it takes up all of my energy. Thinking about 2018 I get really excited. Like reaaaaaaallly excited. I have so much more to say and share with you. But for now….

Stay safe and be happy. Enjoy the holidays. Be yourself and do your thing.


UPDATE ON THE SECRET PROJECT.

Am I annoying you yet? Forgive me. You can relax now and enjoy the rest of December. The news will not be revealed before January. But that’s ok. I am still so stocked that this is happening. Some roads might be messy but somehow they let you end up where you are supposed to be.

Winter wonderland dreams